STOLL BERNE is proud to announce that THIRTEEN of our attorneys have been named on the 2015 Oregon Super Lawyer list and THREE named on the 2016 Oregon Rising Stars list.
Congratulations to our 11 Oregon Super Lawyers: Steve Berman, Gary Berne, Tim DeJong, Keith Dubanevich, Jacob Gill, Keith Ketterling, Steve Larson, David Lokting, Joshua Ross, Rob Shlachter, and Jennifer Wagner.
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Stoll Berne attorneys, David Lokting and Benjamin Leedy, represented Guardian with the formation, organization, and capital raise of the joint venture owner entity for Block 33 in Old Town Chinatown Development. Lokting and Leedy served as lead counsel for the joint venture with respect to the financing and acquisition of the property. Read more...
Outside of her practice, Nadine Gartner is also passionate about a non-profit she founded, Boost Oregon. Boost Oregon educates parents and the public about the safety and benefits of childhood vaccinations.
Rob Shlachter volunteers hundreds of hours coaching more than 200 students in mock trial teams.
Investors burned in the flameout of Aequitas Capital Management have filed suit against Portland law firm Tonkon Torp and accounting giant Deloitte & Touche, claiming the firms enabled the massive Ponzi scheme allegedly masterminded by the Lake Oswego financial company.
"Investors trusted Aequitas and their trust was abused," said Keith Ketterling, of the Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter firm in Portland. "The law makes the lawyers and accountants responsible to the same extent as Aequitas, because these professionals are the gatekeepers, and their services lend credibility to the investments."
Local attorneys Jim Finn and Gary Berne make the case in this co-authored guest column to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Community involvement is an important part of the lives of many business and professional people, both during their careers and in retirement. Many of us serve on boards, volunteer in our children’s schools, coach youth sports, and donate money. We ask that you consider another rewarding avenue where there is a compelling need: serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children who have been traumatized, first by abuse or neglect, then by placement in foster care.
Robert Shlachter and Tim DeJong's article, "Recent Oregon decisions address the issue of sequencing discovery in trade secrets cases: Is the plaintiff entitled to discovery from defendant before plaintiff identities its own trade secrets with particularity?" is now available in The Spring 2016 Litigation Journal.
"Aequitas was spending lavishly, with money it did not have, apparently in order to present the appearance of success... It was all about appealing to new investors," said Keith Ketterling, whose Stoll Berne law firm is investigating a possible civil suit against the company.
"Aequitas told investors that it was minimizing risk in its student loan business and buying student loans from financially strong, reputable institutions," said Tim DeJong, who is representing Aequitas investors. "In truth, it was buying student loans from only Corinthian College, which was not financially strong and had a terrible reputation."
Stoll Berne was contacted by investors who can’t redeem investments in Aequitas’ private notes. Stoll Berne could target third parties and officers of the company with civil lawsuits. Shareholder Timothy DeJong said Stoll Berne’s possible clients include two or three large groups of investors. One holds $50 million in notes. Lawsuits could be filed as soon as next week.
“Aequitas was touting the liquidity of these private notes,” he said. “What they didn’t disclose is they were completely dependent on new investment money coming in and they were also dependent on investors not redeeming their notes when they came due. Together with the Corinthian debacle (it filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2015), there appears to have been a massive request for redemptions in the fall that led to the company’s collapse.”